- Patchouli: Provides an earthy, grounded atmosphere while occasionally improving the appearance of dry, chapped skin.
YL tip: Start with fewer drops and add more as desired. You can always add a little more, but you can’t take any out of the bath.
Essential oils not to use in the bath
Before you begin using essential oils in your bath time routine, it is important to note that not all essential oils are right for the bathtub. Some can cause skin irritation, such as Peppermint. Many of these oils that should not be used in the bath are “hot” oils, or oils that can cause a hot or warming sensation when applied undiluted to the skin. Some of these include: Cinnamon Bark, Clove, Oregano, Hyssop, Black Pepper, Lemongrass, Thyme, and Thieves®.
Follow label instructions and patch test any essential oils you are unsure about before using them in the bath. To perform a patch test, apply 1–2 drops of essential oil to a patch of skin such as the forearm. Observe that area of skin over the course of 1–2 hours for any noticeable reaction; however, reactions usually occur within 5–10 minutes. If you experience a hot or burning sensation or develop a rash, add V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex or another carrier oil to the affected area as often as needed. Avoid using any oils topically that you have a negative reaction to.
How to use essential oils in the bath
It is important to never add essential oils directly to your bath water. As you likely know, oils and water do not mix. If you place drops into your bath water without first diluting, the concentrated oil will sit on the water’s surface and will stick to your skin and other tender areas. This can cause irritation or burns. But don’t sweat it; we’re here to show you the various ways you dip into the bath safely using some of our favorite essential oils!
Combine essential oils with a carrier oil
To help the essential oils dilute and disperse throughout the bath, combine them with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, or V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex.
Add 5–6 drops of essential oil to 1 tablespoon of carrier oil depending on your skin sensitivity and desired scent strength. Mix to incorporate. Fill the tub and turn off the water before adding the oil blend to achieve the full aromatic effect. Stir the oils around before climbing in to help circulate the mixture.